Sunday, 27 July 2014

Painted Lady!!!

I visited my grandparents yesterday, and I wanted to get a look at their Buddlea plant. Last year, they had a Painted Lady on it, and I wanted to see if they had one this year. One quick glance and I could see a Painted Lady on it. Incredible...

Happy Birding!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Wader Fest to Remember!

On Sunday, Dad and I visited Minsmere to catch up on some of the brilliant waders present on the scrape. We arrived at about 11:00, and headed to North Hide. We got 3 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper from the hide on North Scrape. Nearly every wader we saw was really distant so that's the excuse of the poor picture quality.

I then thought I would scan East Scrape with my scope, and I picked out the COLLARED PRATINCOLE which was huddled against some tall weeds, so it wasn't visible from East Hide currently. We got some terrible record shots, but, its proof for when I get older and say "I never saw that!"

We then moved round to East Hide. On the way we got several Six-spotted Burnet moths and a range on Butterflies including Gatekeeper and Common Blue...

By the time East Hide, the COLLARED PRATINCOLE had slightly changed position, so it was now in view. Still very distant though!

The PRATINCOLE wasn't moving at all. However, there were several other  waders present on the scrape. A birder from in the hide said "I've never seen so many people ignore a Collared Pratincole!" Don't know your name mate, but loving the tone!

Other waders we got on the scrape were 2 Wood Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, Little-ringed Plover, 12 Spotted Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, 1 flyover Whimbrel, Snipe and loads of Dunlin, Lapwing, Redshanks and Ruff.

Curlew Sand and Dunlin

Green Sand

Little Ringed Plover


Spotted Redshank

2 Spotted Redshanks, Lapwings and a Common Sand (top right of the pic)

Here is a terrible picture of one of the Wood Sands, taken on my phone from the back of my camera. It is truely shocking I grant you ;-)

There were about 53 Little Gulls present too...

And finally, plenty of Common Terns...

Well I'm now off for nearly 7 weeks now as its the...............................SUMMER HOLIDAYS!!! YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEE! 

I'm on the Isle of Islay for a week, and then at a wedding, and then staying in Norfolk for a birding weekend! Bring on the MEGA'S!!!!


Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Last weeks mystery butterfly was indeed a Grayling, which I saw at Minsmere a last year.

A big well done to David Walsh, Rob Stokes and Alan Reynolds. Got a feeling I have missed somebody, so if you did get it right, please let me know, and I will update the blog with your name. Sorry for the inconvenience if any!

Here's this weeks mystery bird...

If you know what it is, then you can leave your answers in the comments on the blog, or you can DM me  on Twitter to @MoysieBirder.

Good Luck folks!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

One of my Most WANTED Birds Ticked off! Also BIRD QUIZ - WEEK 18!!!

Last Sunday, Dad and I visited Winterton Dunes in the pouring rain to try and get to see one of my favourite birds for the first time - a Red-backed Shrike.

Driving up, it was chucking it down. We didn't have any waterproofs, jumpers, nothing. Just shorts and T-shirts. We parked up in the car park, and it was still raining. We waited in the car for about 30 minutes for the rain to clear, and then we got out.

We didn't really know where the bird was, we just knew it was by the highest dune. We kept looking for a really high dune, but didn't really succeed. We did see a lifer butterfly in the dunes though, and that was a Dark Green Fritillary!

Eventually, we found a high dune with really good habitat, so we gave it a scan. There were no other birders, so it was just us and our eyes....

Dad shouted out "there it is!" and within seconds I was looking out my first ever Red-backed Shrike. We started to get a bit closer, to try and get some decent pics, but it flew into cover. After another 5 minutes, it still hadn't reappeared,so we walked round the clump of brambles. We returned to the front side, and it was so close to us. What a bird...

Sorry about the quality - it was sooo windy!

It then disappeared again, so we moved on. We thought we would go and have a look at how the Little Tern's were doing, from a sensible distance of course. We got fantastic views of these delightful birds, where they flew feet above our heads. A great spectacle...

Last weeks mystery bird was indeed a Golden Eagle, which is the only one in England, which I saw at Haweswater Lake, Lake District several years ago.

Well done to Rob Stokes and Ellis Lucas for getting the correct answer. Unlucky to those who got it wrong but many thanks for having a go.

This week is a bit different. I'm going to test your butterfly skills. Here it is...

If you want to have a go, you can leave your answers in the comments, or you can DM me at Twitter to @MoysieBirder. 

Good Luck!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

I've got the real deal now!

I forgot to post about this trip....

On the 22nd June, we all went to Carlton Colville to catch up with the male Rose-coloured Starling. We got great views of it in the gardens and on the roofs of the houses of Pinewood Avenue and Breydon Way. It was a great bird, a lot better than the dull juvenile at Caister I saw last year...

We then went to Minsmere, to do a bit of Dragonfly and Butterfly spotting. It was a successful visit, as I saw my first ever Broad-bodied Chaser, a range of Damselflies, Southern Marsh Orchid, Four-spotted Chaser and a Southern Hawker...

Happy Birding!